Like you, I like to laugh. Laughter cleanses the blemishes on the soul that build up like cobwebs from the daily grind. As a child, I waited for my Dad to come home from the long business trips because I knew he would come back with stories that made me laugh. Although his humor was innocuous, as I read more, I grew to like satiric humor with social commentary. Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, and Marathi humorist P.L Deshpande became my favorite writers. I rolled over laughing when I read the exchanges between Sir Winston Churchill and the fools who were the objects of his sharp wit.
These were some of the classic masters. Later when I became a mother and lived the life of a stay-at-home mother for a short time, I discovered Erma Bombeck and instantly identified with her brand of humor.
May 10, 2015 is the Mother’s Day. Since that day in 1908, Anna Jarvis held the memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, the celebration has evolved into honoring and celebrating motherhood practically all over the world. What is your definition of motherhood? What comes to your mind when you think of the word mother?
We all have encountered many faces of literary mothers over our reading lives: from the kind and beloved mothers in Shyamchi Aai (Shyam’s Mother – A Marathi Classic) and The Little Women, to the uncertain mothers in Pride and Prejudice and The Mill on the Floss, to the wicked mothers in Hamlet and Lolita, to the tortured mothers in Sophie’s Choice and “Rani Ma Ka Chabutara” (Queen Mother’s Perch – A Hindi short story by Mannu Bhandari).
Which one do you remember from your reading? For this contest, think about the mothers on the margins. The margins could be societal, economical, psychological, or any other that you can think of.
Think about it and then write a story under 2500 words and send it in a MS Word document (.doc, .docx, or, .rtf) to theliterarynest (at) gmail.com. We will publish the winning story on our site on the Mother’s Day 2015.
The new deadline is Midnight PST March 31st , 2015.
The inaugural issue will be online on April 15th.
The winners will be announced at that time, and the winning entries will be published in that issue.
Please see the contest page for the details.
The Literary Nest is a labor of love for a struggling writer and a literary connoisseur, but I believe that the writers should be paid. The idea of this contest was born in that spirit. So here it goes.
The Literary Nest announces the Inaugural Writing Contest with cash prizes.
The website is under construction, so pardon the dust for now.
Call for Submissions:
The Inaugural Issue of The Literary Nest will be published on April 1, 2015.
We welcome submissions of previously unpublished work from established as well as new writers. Submissions are on a rolling basis.
Fiction: Send us stories with fleshed out characters and flowing narrative that deliver a strong punch. 1,500-5,000 words.
Poetry: Challenge our perceptions. 10-40 lines
Simultaneous submissions are fine. We do not publish erotica or anything rated R and above.
Please submit your entry in a single MS Word document with “Submission” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org